Purple Smoky Eye with Platinum Accents…on my *face!*

How lovely it is to frolic outdoors in balmy, 50-degree Fahrenheit weather! After a long, dark, and snowy winter, anything above freezing feels like summer. I want to break out beach chairs and Mai Tais.

In keeping with this spirit of early-spring friskiness, let’s see how this purple smoky eye touched with platinum and paired with creamy orange tones turned out on my face!

As a quick refresher, this look features a fairly strong, cool-purple eye with shiny metallic accents. The cool, shiny eye contrasts with soft, creamy-peachy orange lip and cheek tones.

Here’s the product set for the look:

By Terry hyaluronic acid blush in Peach Posh; NARS eyeshadow duo in Kauai; Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya.

By Terry hyaluronic acid blush in Peach Posh; NARS eyeshadow duo in Kauai; Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya.

To this eyeshadow duo, I added a platinum liquid liner, (ineptly) swatched here:

From the left: Purple and gold shades from NARS eyeshadow duo in Kauai; Chanel liquid liner in Platine.

From the left: Purple and gold shades from NARS eyeshadow duo in Kauai; Chanel liquid liner in Platine.

And here’s how I wore it:

Photo on 3-8-15 at 11.42 AM #3

I had a couple of photos to choose from, and I think I took this first one earlier in the day, before I started smudging away at myself. But I thought that it might be easier to see the eye makeup in a different pic, so I’m tossing it in just in case it’s easier to make out the eye look here:

Photo on 3-8-15 at 11.36 AM #3

And here’s a shot so you can see the lids:

Photo on 3-8-15 at 11.35 AM

This look really couldn’t be simpler, and as I never tire of saying, I don’t (can’t!) do anything special with application. But just in case it’s helpful, a few notes on what I did here.

Base. A little By Terry Sheer Expert foundation; a lot of Clinique Airbrush concealer under the eyes. (I missed a couple of spots that needed some concealer in the high inner corners of my eyes–oops!) A little MAC brow pencil in Lingering; a little Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Ash (which may not be called Medium Brown?). No bronzer, no highlighter–keepin’ it simple!

Eyes. I patted and blended the purple shade from the NARS Kauai duo all around my eye, smudging it up past the crease and blending it into the socket line. I used a small brush to apply a smudgy purple line of shadow along the outer three-quarters or so of the lower lash line and joined all the purple up at the outer corner. I patted a bit of the pale gold/platinum shadow from the duo into the inner corners and along the inner quarter or so of the inner lower lash lines, blending softly into the purple. Then I applied a pretty thick line of platinum liquid liner along the upper lash line, blending with a pointy cotton-bud to soften the inner corners, in particular. Plenty of Chanel Le Volume mascara to finish.

Cheeks. By Terry hyaluronic-acid liquid blush in Peach Posh, patted and blended over the apples of my cheeks. I don’t think that this blush gets a ton of attention, but I really like it. It’s very blend-able without feeling as if it’s going to blend away to nothing at any moment.

Lips. A layer of Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya, straight from the bullet. Easy breezy! I love this shade, too. Crazy-wearable orange.

Final thoughts. Hee, hee, I loved wearing purple shadow with creamy-juicy orange. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the platinum liner turned out, too. It was a nice way to add some definition and contrast to the eyes without adding a very dark shade at the lash line. (That Lisa Eldridge sure knows what she’s talking about!) I will, of course, leave it to you to decide how you think it all turned out in the end.

For my part, I think that I’ll definitely be tucking this into my repertoire of spring/summer special-occasion day looks. I feel like I’d be comfortable wearing it at a daytime wedding and carrying it through to the evening reception. I’ve been wearing a more intense version of the same ol’, same ol’ day looks on these occasions for what feels like ages now, so I’m glad to be sussing out some options!

The next look that I put together for you is–rather surprisingly, and wholly accidentally–sort of appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. Why should St. Valentine’s Day get all the fun, I guess, right? So I’ll look forward to showing that to you very soon. In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

2 thoughts on “Purple Smoky Eye with Platinum Accents…on my *face!*

  1. noodlethinks says:

    I’m convinced that cool colors complement you very well. Lovely, as usual.
    The Irish in me can’t wait to see what you’re going to do for St. Patrick’s Day!
    Is Éireannch gach duine Lá Fhéile Pádraig!


    • bunikins says:

      I think cool shades look great on everyone, really. On people with warm, yellow undertones, cool fuchsias and things really pop! So I do love to wear cool colors–they probably sit most easily with my skin this time of year, too, yep. 🙂

      I have a hefty dose of Irish blood myself, so I’m going to play with a little green shadow with petal pinks over the next few days! Yay!


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